This life, my brother

(For Kofi Awoonor)

 

This life, my brother

is a battle-field of souls

malevolent, benevolent

endless strife

restless life

 

This life, my brother

is where you fight it hard

and still earn it bad

 

This life, my brother

is where what you have matters most

and how you have got it matters less

 

This life, my brother

is where sons of dog take over

the best of the broth

and sons of man feed on fat bones

 

This life, my brother

is where mother fowl nourishes herself

by feeding on the intestine of other fowls

 

This life, my brother

is where the frail fish swallow

the fat fish and retain still its slimness

 

This life, my brother

is where a prince becomes a serf in his kingdom

and a princess, a whore in her palace

 

This life, my brother

is where a son becomes a stranger

in his father’s house

and a daughter, a bastard

in her father’s sight

 

But this life, my brother

we too often forget

is what we touch momentarily

and leave eternally

Gabriel Bamgbose

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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